DAMC UAE Champions announced

DAMC UAE Champions announced

UAE Sportbike Championship Overall & 1000 Class Champion – Arushen Moodley

Arushen Moodley crowned UAE Sportbike Champion….

South African Arushen Moodley was in a class of his own as he scored a remarkable 14 wins out of 14 raceson his way to the Overall and 1000 Class UAE Sportbike Championship.

As a professional rider he was simply too good for the semi-pro racers that make up the local scene and his advantage was clear throughout the season. The South African was beaten twice by Kawasaki guest rider Scott Smart during the course of the championship, although Moodley got maximum points on both occasions as guest riders were ineligible for points. Moodley delighted the motorcycle fraternity with his jaw dropping antics on the all conquering Aprilia RSV4, controlled slides, early power and total commitment into corners were his trademark.

Best of the rest was Moodley’s team mate, Aprilia mounted, Saudi ace Abdulaziz Binladin who finished the season runner-up despite a strong challenge from Dubai based Bahraini Hussein Al Kooheji (Yamaha) and towards the end of the season Kawasaki’s Hennie Sauermann.

Low point of the UAE Sportbike Championship season was ever green Rod Scott’s accident on Race Day 6 which saw the former champion hospitalised and resigned to a long recovery. Adriano Fusillo was also victim of an accident, on the same day, which also saw him hospitalised.

UAE Sportbike Championship Overall & 600 Class Champion – Pascal Grosjean

UAE Sportbike Championship
Overall & 600 Class Champion – Pascal Grosjean

Pascal Grosjean (Yamaha) notched up the 600 Class UAE Sportbike Championship, but was made to fight hard for the honour. The diminutive Swiss rider was virtually untouchable in the early stages of his campaign, but by mid-season he had a host of challengers making life exceedingly difficult. Jussi Hoikka (Yamaha) led the charge by taking three wins and runner-up slot in the 600 Class championship.  Honda mounted Jason Burnside, unlucky not to score a win during the year, was always in the thick of the lead battle and ended up third for the season with most improved rider Omran Al Sayed (Kawasaki) finishing fourth scoring his first career win on Race Day 6.

Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship Overall & Class 1 Champion: Jonathan Simmonds – DXB Racing SEAT

Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship
Overall & Class 1 Champion: Jonathan Simmonds – DXB Racing SEAT

The 2009/2010 Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship, Class 1, was one of the toughest and most intriguing in the short history of touring car racing in the region. Jonathan Simmonds (DXB Racing SEAT) triumphed after a nail biting season which saw four drivers take top honours. Khalid Al Mutawaa (House of Portier SEAT) set the early season pace with two wins in the opening round of the championship. Simmonds turned things around with double wins in round two with Khalid Bin Hadher (SEAT) winning twice on Race Day 3.

The scene was set for a three way battle, although Bin Hadher would always be on the back foot as he did not score points in the opening round. Mid-season Al Mutawaa did the double again but from that point on his challenge faltered, allowing Simmonds the opportunity to reel him in and eventually take the championship points lead which he held until the championship was declared.

The final tally was six victories for Simmonds, four wins for Al Mutawaa, three in the bag for Bin Hadher and a solitary victory for Mohammed Al Owais who made a cameo appearance at Yas Marina where he powered to a convincing victory in his first race in Class 1.
Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship Class 2 Champion: Umair Khan – Lap 57 Honda
Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship
Class 2 Champion: Umair Khan – Lap 57 Honda

Nine wins out of 14 races would seem like a walk in the park for Lap 57 driver Umair Khan who was crowned 2009/2010 2009/2010 Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship, Class 2, Champion. In fact it was quite the opposite. Khan was pushed all season long by team mate Omran Al Owais and Aslam Moola. The trio of Hondas circulating bumper to bumper, as if connected by a tow rope, as they slugged it out for maximum points each round.

Al Owais finished runner-up with three wins and Moosla was third overall with two victories. The trio were the cream of a top quality field which included the likes of Jason O’Keefe, former champions Spencer Vanderpal and Zlatko Mulabegovic and Emirati teenager Mohammed Al Mutawaa. Invariably Class 2 of Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship boasted the biggest and, arguably, most competitive fields in UAE national racing.
Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship Class 3 Champion: Rupesh Channake – Lap 57 Honda
Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship
Class 3 Champion: Rupesh Channake – Lap 57 Honda

Rupesh Channake was more often than not the only entry in the Class 3 of the Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship. This did not stop him battling it out successfully among Class 2 competitors on his way to notching up the Class 3 title.

Total UAE GT Championship Overall & GTA Champion: Karim Al Azhari – House of Portier/TAM Auto Engineering Corvette

Total UAE GT Championship
Overall & GTA Champion: Karim Al Azhari – House of Portier/TAM Auto Engineering Corvette

It was seven wins out of seven for the UAE’s most successful racing driver Karim Al Azhari who dominated the inaugural 2009/2010 Total UAE GT Championship, GTA Class, in his TAM Auto Engineering prepared House of Portier Corvette. The combination was the class of a strong field of GT campaigners.

Al Azhari was beaten only twice during the course of the season. First time at Yas Marina when German ace Rene Rast was drafted in to guest drive the Cytech Muehlner Porsche and once at Dubai Autodrome when Andrew Donaldson powered to victory for the Cytech Muehlner team. Both times Al Azhari still scored maximum points as guest drivers are ineligible to score in the championship.

Julian Griffin, driving the DXB Racing Dodge Viper, took the runner-up slot despite not scoring points in the first two rounds. Thereafter he became a force in the title chase and would often be in the thick of battle with the likes of Abu Dhabi Falcons Porsche duo of Khalid Al Qubaisi and Saif Al Assam. Early on in the season the Khaleji Motorsport Porsche in the hands of Tarek Elgammal and Cabell Fisher looked most likely to challenge Al Azhari, but mechanical problems ruled them out of the final rounds.

Total UAE GT Championship GTB Champion: Paul Denby – Khaleji Motorsport Porsche

Total UAE GT Championship
GTB Champion: Paul Denby – Khaleji Motorsport Porsche

Paul Denby (Khaleji Motorsport Porsche) was a serious contender for the overall Total UAE GT Championship until late on in the season, but with Al Azhari 100% record he had to settle for the GTB championship title with five wins out of a possible seven. Occasionally sharing driving duties with Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum, Denby was untouchable from the third race onwards in the GTB Class.

Providing a gallant challenge throughout the season was privateer Harris Irfan in the ARM prepared Porsche who notched up one victory on his way to GTB championship runner-up slot. Jonathan Simmonds scored a solitary win in the DXB Aston Martin before concentrating his attention on his touring car campaign, while his team mate Frederic Gaillard finished third in the GTB championship in his DXB Racing Mitsubishi.

GulfSport Radical Cup Champion – Jordan Grogor
GulfSport Radical Cup
Champion – Jordan Grogor

The tragic circumstances of Christophe Hissette’s accident during qualifying for the GulfSport Radical Cup on the last race day of the season has been well documented and inevitably cast a massive cloud over the 2009/2010 motorsport season throughout the region.

Hissette went out on for his final session knowing he had an outside chance of stealing the GulfSport Radical Cup series title from fellow AUH Motorsport team mate Jordan Grogor. The two were the toast of the field from the first race onwards with close but fair racing, “rubbing is racing” summed up the duel’s between the two.

Early on Grogor had the upper hand, despite Hissette winning the first race of the season, upon which Grogor took six wins out of a possible seven and by mid-season appeared to have his hands on the title. What followed was a remarkably gutsy fight back from Hissette where he took the chequered flag six times in eight races with Grogor only scoring one win during this period.

The two drivers were in opposite modes with Grogor protecting a championship lead and Hissette challenging with nothing to lose. In the end, the final two races did not take place. Grogor took the 2009/2010 GulfSport Radical Cup championship title, which by his own admission, under circumstances he loathed.

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After 20 gripping laps, it all came down the final few metres! ⚔️

Watch the overtake which saw Álex Rins narrowly get the better of Marc Márquez! 🏁

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Great race ❤

A move Marques would have been proud of.

Awesome pass on the inside.

To rins " youre amazing "

Ottima lezione 🤣🤣🤣

Magical move! 🥰


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WHAT an incredible race at Silverstone! 🔥

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Great great race yesterday .. great rins and great Marquez .. two great drivers ..😁🤙🏁

Great battle👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻

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I still think that overtake on finish line is the least thing Rins should do, after he get on Marquez's Rear wheel for thirty laps. Still, one of the borest race on MotoGP ever.

Those lean angles are sick 😮

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Océane Duchemin regarde moi cette angle de malade 😍😍😍😍

Tobias Maibom siehste es geht mehr als 45 Grad 👌🏻

Ludo Metz angle fort!

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I'm a Mercedes fan but have to say McLaren have done an amazing job this year considering their performance over the last few years.

I would say Williams for the most reliability and focused pit crew. They're only left to improve on pace.

Good to see that McLaren is performing well. I'm sure the team's ability to improve will be remarkable with every race from now on.

Must say McLaren, with the team spirit that they have, and results they managed to achieve... Definitely my favourites this season.

Williams have had the worst start to an F1 team in history. And I think with their tiny budget and willpower, the amount they’ve improved is impressive. They’re still far behind but I hope to see them fighting for podiums in 2021

McLaren has impressed the most because last season they where horrible and now they are best of the rest. Also Red Bull and Honda seem to be a nice match, would love to see Max finish what Jos started with Honda. Most disappointing this season are Haas and Renault. Renault because they wanted to close the gap to the top 3, but right now they are 6th. And they are the only unreliable engine in the field right now. Haas is having a horrible season, they seem to be getting worse during the season instead of improving.

If Bruce was still here he would be proud of his team. Mclaren improved the most.

McLaren. Consistent development and improvement over the season so far. Alfa Romeo has been somewhat of a surprise also.

Being on top is one thing but staying at the top is the art of the game. Kudos to Mercedes for getting it right so far.... #WeMakeItLookEasy

I’m super impressed with Toro Rosso, hard to believe this is the old Minardi team where both their drivers exceeded all expectations!!

Ferrari have been the most impressive, from being the slowest manufacturer in 2014 to being a reasonable threat and smashing McLaren and Williams comprehensibly. McLaren and Williams should just pack their bags and go home, Ferrari have nailed their coffin shut and it can be considered karma for their various indiscretions in 1990 (senna wiping out prost), 1994, 1997 (Villeneuve incident), 1998, 1999, 2007 (spygate), 2008... The British public couldn't care less about McLaren or Williams they only support whatever "British" team is winning, in this case Mercedes

Ferrari fan for life, but McLaren have done an incredible job so far, considering how far back they were

Redbull and Honda engineering. The aerodynamic has been sorted and the engine now also reliable. Watch that space, they could challenge for the title next year!

None the sport is finished and I've followed the sport since the early 80s

Mclaren, they have made a huge turn around this season. With andreas seidl at the helm, the only place they re going is up

Hi F1 and fans .... with all the media attention to the envirement and green thinking etc etc etc. Is there a research or developement posted in any magizine about the developemt of how clean the F1 is today. We all know that all top research of F1 is implemented in the modern cars but i like to read how clean F1 is now in 2019 .. 👍

McLaren (and I'm faraway from being a fan! If there was a person I didn't like in Formula 1, that person was Ron Dennis). Anyway I'm glad to see them finally getting together again and mainly without supposed big shot drivers who can't do nothing but complain! Now they need to find a good engine because with Renault it will be near impossible to go any further...

McLaren is the most impressive.. Mercedes just has luck week after week.. Hoping Ferrari will get their things together for the second half..

Red Bull / HONDA‼️ Young Max may be awesome, but so is the way Red Bull has adapted to Honda’s engine. The last 2 years of griping about the Renault power plant is (almost) justified...

Haas, they have surprised me on how bad they are this year. Compared to last year this year has been terrible. They were fighting Renault for top of the mid pack, this year they are fighting for points at all.

And yet no Ferrari or anyone else 1st with the exception of RB. Hybrid era is killing with the beyond dominance of Merc being so far ahead of everyone else’s pace. Some competition would be nice! Don’t give me that bullshit of everyone should bring it to the table, there’s some crazy advantage behind the scene that you Merc fanboys don’t know about. Yawn.

It would be nice to see Mclaren back up there permanently fighting for the title. Always was a fan

the gap between top three teams and the rest is too much

Quite a gap between 3rd and 4th also between 10th and racing cars.

Williams been sandbagging the first half of the season just to give the others a glimp of hope, beast mode on in second half of the season

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